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I have a laptop that gets really hot when we play WoW on it, like in excess of 200F. I was wondering is there a way to force a processor or GPU to not run as well as possible, maybe to run WoW as if the computer was a slightly crappier computer? I am theorizing maybe the machine would be cooler.

asked Jun 08 '11 at 01:23

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closed Jun 09 '12 at 20:50

The question has been closed for the following reason "The question is answered, right answer was accepted" by Duodave Jun 09 '12 at 20:50

If you are running Vista, go into the power options and go into the advanced settings for your currently selected power plan. There's an option for processor throttling. My machine overheats completely if I run it at 100% and it reboots or freezes.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 01:33

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edited Jun 09 '11 at 00:01

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Illusion Slayer

Try setting your applications to CPU0 only using your Affinity settings in Task Manager. That always helps me.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 01:49

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The task manager won't do this permanently (you have to repeat it every time you run the app) but there's apparently a process affinity setting in the config.wtf in WoW, where you can define exactly how many cores are available to WoW.

(Jun 08 '11 at 20:30) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

I'm not an expert on WOW but check the settings there too. If you can turn down the graphics intensity in one of the menus it'll probably run smoother on your "new" slower processor.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 01:35

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Turn down the settings in WoW or underclock your parts. Use Vtune for the processor and RivaTuner for the GPU.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 01:35

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Illusion Slayer

Because I am crappy at math and failed the metric conversion part of my science class in 1978.

(Jun 08 '11 at 01:47) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

And pretty much every temperature monitoring program has Celsius either as default or readily available.

(Jun 08 '11 at 03:51) Illusion Slayer Illusion%20Slayer's gravatar image

Oh ok. I will ammend my post to not contain Farenheit. How does 366 kelvin sound to you?

(Jun 08 '11 at 12:06) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Better, smart-ass.

(Jun 08 '11 at 15:15) Illusion Slayer Illusion%20Slayer's gravatar image

I do like the fact that you focused more on the criticism than the help though.

(Jun 09 '11 at 00:02) Illusion Slayer Illusion%20Slayer's gravatar image

You might want to get a cooling pad or find something to turn up the fan speed if you don't want to bring down any settings.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 13:26

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Check the setting in the game and change the graphics to low. Other then that you can do the following:

  1. You can take out the battery if know your power won't go out. This cools it off quite well if it's the battery causing the heat. 2.You can get a cooling mat from your local store, or put a box fan under your laptop.
  2. Clean your fans. Dust can cause the fan to actually slow down causing more heat...and even more problems.
  3. Change you Windows theme. For example I'm running window 7 switch to classic mode. Right click on computer properties -> Advance System Settings -> Advanced -> settings -> Adjust to best performance

If those don't work...your fan might be starting to burn out.

answered Jun 08 '11 at 17:48

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edited Jun 09 '11 at 00:08

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Illusion Slayer

It's an almost new computer, it's always had this issue. It only does it in WoW, so it's not related to how much Windows 7 taxes the graphics.

I think I have to convince my wife if she wants her laptop cooler, she has to tone down the eye candy.

(Jun 08 '11 at 20:33) Duodave Duodave's gravatar image

Windows alone might not do it but it certainly contributes to the problem.

(Jun 09 '11 at 00:03) Illusion Slayer Illusion%20Slayer's gravatar image

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